I think that was me.
I was picking up Daniel near "castleton"?? while I was on 70 near GJ (maybe 40miles away from GJ).
we were on simplex and I had my biiiiiiiiiiig high gain Diamond SG7900 antenna on the roof of the 60 at high power (50w). that antenna is like 57" tall.
What was interesting is that I didn't really pick you guys up until I was close to the border. I suspect that there was a break in the mountains/canyons that funneled the signal perfectly for a line o' sight rx. If I went around a bend or into a gulley I either didn't hear you, or it got scratchy.
What antenna setup do you have? I think it's more about the antenna than the radio in this situation.